Pigeon Control & Elimination Tips from the Experts
Of course, the best and most effective options is to contact a pigeon control specialist, but if you would like to try some “do it yourself” methods first, read on!
Tip 1: Bird spikes
Perhaps the most popular options, bird spikes are sharp spikes that can be places in areas where pigeons loaf (loafing is when the pigeons rest on a ledge or a sign and look for food during the day). Though they may look dangerous and inhumane, they are perfectly safe. These spikes do not actually hurt the pigeons. They only prevent them from landing, therefore preventing them from loafing. Bird spikes can be purchased in hardware stores, or you can make them yourself with nails hammered through a piece of wood. Because of the possible danger, be sure not to put them in places where children may touch them.
Tip 2: Use string
Buy some weatherproof string and suspend it between two posts that are on opposite ends of where pigeons are likely to loaf. Be sure the string is taut enough that it will not dip under the weight of a bird. This super simple method will prevent pigeons from landing. If they can’t land, they cannot—you guessed it—loaf.
Tip 3: Wire mesh
If you have small, cozy spaces (like vents) where pigeons are likely to nest, cover them up with wire mesh. Be sure to secure them with nails.
Tip 4: Reduce/eliminate food sources
Obviously, pigeons (and all other animals) love to eat, so being sure to remove food sources (trash cans, etc.) can make the location less appealing to pigeons. If they can’t find much to eat, there is a good chance they will move on and look for another place to loaf.
Tip 5: Netting for nesting areas
Pigeon nesting areas always have cover. The only way to get rid of the nesting sites is full decontamination of all droppings and netting or screening off the entire area.
If you have tried all these things with no luck (or simply don’t feel like being bothered), your best bet is to contact a pigeon control specialist. For a reasonable fee, you can relax while they do all the work and you reap the benefits. Considering the money you may waste on DIY solutions, you may actually save money by going with a professional from the beginning. Choose the choice you feel most comfortable with.
Pigeon Elimination Tactics
Have a pigeon problem in or around your home? You’re not alone. Pigeons are problematic throughout the US, and whether you’re sick of their droppings causing damage to your property or you’re worried about the diseases they might spread, getting rid of them fast is the best thing you can do for your home. Here are some tips:
- Prevent Nesting: One of the best things you can do to keep these pests off your property is to make sure there isn’t a nesting site available. You may want to consult a pest control professional on the best way to go about that, but generally, if you can fill voids and crevices, use spike strips and other deterrents, and block areas off with screen wires, you should be able to keep them out.
- Don’t Feed Them: Even if you don’t have bird feeders nearby, you may unknowingly be providing these pests with the food and water they need on a daily basis. If you leave pet food out where birds can get to it, have open trash cans, or have areas of standing water, you may have a pest control problem on your hands fairly quickly.
- Call for Backup: It’s often difficult to deal with any kind of bird infestation on your own, and pigeons are among the worst. The best thing you can do is call a pest control professional the moment you notice a problem. They have the tools, resources, and training to keep pigeons away from your home and property, something few off-the-shelf solutions in hardware stores can promise.
If you have a pigeon problem around your home, call us today at 508-756-5197. We’ll be happy to not only eliminate the problem, but also take the steps necessary to make sure it doesn’t come back to haunt you in the near future.